Franciscan University at Steubenville (Ohio) offers spiritual conferences in the summer that have been popular among people ages 18-30 for many years. Check out the schedule of charismatic, spiritual and apologetic conferences here. One of the conferences, "Defending the Faith", is from July 26-28. Based on the video and write-up below, it looks really good! A slew of powerhouse Catholic speakers will be there. Of course, the greatest Catholic speaker, the Holy Spirit, will be leading it all!
July 26 – 28
Faith Transforming Culture
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations.”
There is not a conference on earth that better equips ordinary Catholics for the work of the new evangelization. The program at Defending the Faith includes bestselling authors and renowned speakers—men and women who not only teach, but also motivate. People travel from the far corners of the country (and abroad) to attend, and they go home with renewed confidence, zeal, and real knowledge. They go home with power to evangelize.
This year’s conference focuses on the difference in the new evangelization—the qualities that make it new. Pope Benedict XVI, like his blessed predecessor, insists that this is not just the work of missionaries and priests. Explaining and defending the faith is the job description of every Catholic.
No pope, no bishop, no parish priest can reach our workplaces and neighborhoods the way ordinary lay people can, if they’re prepared to give witness. No experience prepares lay people as well as
Defending the Faith.
The popes tell us we must take the Gospel not only to those who are ignorant of Christ, but also to those who are baptized but have grown lukewarm in faith. Ours is not just a one-time witness, but ongoing and ever-deepening.
What’s more, our focus is not just individual, but cultural. Our goal is the establishment of what
Blessed Pope John Paul II called a “civilization of love.”
This year’s roster of speakers helps us to see our mission clearly—what we need to do to bring about change in politics, media, art, and everyday conversation
We must not abandon the field to those who despise our faith. We cannot love our neighbor if we’re not working to transform the culture. We will be judged by how well we’ve given witness.
Defending the Faith is where great and effective witness begins. Make your beginning by registering today.
“Offering the World a Better Life!”
“Mary Star of the New Evangelization: Our Lady’s Spiritual Journey and the Year of Faith”
“How to Lose the Culture War”
“I Fought the Church and the Church Won”
“New Media and the New Evangelization”
“By What Authority?”
“Don’t Impose Your Morality on Me! Engaging the Culture of Moral Relativism”
Early Session begins 2 p.m. (Travelers’ Mass available at 4 p.m.)
Conference ends Sunday by 1 p.m.